Bistro to say goodbye

Rendezvous Bistro announced plans to close at the end of this winter.

“After two decades, with thousands of fond memories and an eager outlook on the future, the time has come to lower the curtain on the restaurant that began what is now Fine Dining Restaurant Group,” a letter to customers read.

The letter did not say why the popular dining spot planned to say farewell.

In response to a query, Fine Dining co-founder Gavin Fine texted, “Not the end. A new beginning.”

Kendra Alessandro, the company’s spokeswoman, emailed: “Restaurants, like everything, have their own lifespans and we wanted the story of Rendezvous Bistro to conclude in a similar fashion to which it opened, to go out on top and allow our guests the opportunity to celebrate the final season with us. This has been the plan for a while, long before COVID. ... We always have something up our sleeves so we’ll be sure to share when the time is right.”

The Cloudveil, the Center Street hotel opening in May, will have a restaurant operated by Fine Dining with what a hotel press release described as “a casual, yet refined bistro menu and an expansive raw bar.”

Vacasa enters Tetons market

Vacasa, a vacation rental management company based in Portland, Oregon, acquired 45 rental units in the Jackson Hole area, its first in Wyoming.

“Vacasa has assumed management of Mountain Property Management’s short-term rentals, which include one-bedroom to five-bedroom condominiums and homes in Teton County that are now available to book on Vacasa.com,” a press release said.

Mountain Property management owner Wendy Meyring will retain the long-term rental business and units within homeowners associations.

“I first discussed a partnership with Vacasa a couple years ago and, as those conversations continued and the relationship built, the timing was finally right for me and my husband to sell our short-term rental inventory and focus on other aspects of the business,” Meyring said in the press release. “Through a combination of local operations and advanced technology, Vacasa is able to offer economies of scale that I’m confident will bring new opportunities and revenue potential to local homeowners and the community.”

The release also quoted Zac Monahan, the vice president of acquisitions at Vacasa: “We feel fortunate to be taking over management from such a reputable company and also to have Wendy join us as a broker in this new market. Her insights will be valuable as we establish our local office and welcome many Mountain Property Management employees to Vacasa’s operations team.”

Vacasa states its mission as “to best serve short-term rentals throughout each state it operates in.” It said it is “proud to help fuel the local economy by paying state, county and city lodging taxes.” To see its listings visit Vacasa.com/usa/Wyoming.

Audits for relief grant recipients

A sampling of businesses and nonprofits that received grants from the state’s COVID-19 Business Relief Program will be audited in coming weeks, said the Wyoming Business Council, the agency administering the five funds in the program.

A third-party contractor, McGee, Hearne & Paiz LLC helped “establish criteria for choosing recipients of the Interruption, Relief, Mitigation, Agriculture and Endurance funds for audits,” the Business Council said in a press release. MHP will also conduct the audits. In the emails the council said were going out last seek, those in the audit pool will get instructions on what to do next.

Meanwhile the council set up a “safe harbor” way to proactively return unused money or to opt out of the audit process by returning all of it: Go to your account at WyoBizRelief.org, navigate to the relevant business profile, click on “Voluntary Returns” and take it from there.

“Returning complete funds will remove you from the third-party audit list, and you will not need to provide any supporting documentation,” the press release said. “Funds must be returned by Nov. 30 to be removed from the audit pool. The final deadline for returning funds is Dec. 18.”

The council made a video (TinyURL.com/y6pwopsc) explaining how to return money and how to prep for an audit.

The Wyoming Legislature created the Business Relief Program using money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act approved by the U.S. Congress last spring. The goal was to compensate businesses and nonprofits for losses and additional expenses related to the pandemic

“As the end-of-year federal CARES Act deadline nears, now is the time for recipients to be ready with the documentation they utilized in their calculations in the event they are audited,” Business Council CEO Josh Dorrell said in the release.

— Staff reports

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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